Seasonal Allergies

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Johanna R. is worried about seasonal allergies, and how best to cope with them:
On the web page ScienceDaily I found and article about how we can use plant extracts as a therapy and studies are being done to learn for what specific treatment it can be used. As was shown in a clinical study conducted by researchers of the Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universität München Fighting hay fever with a plant extract works. Allergic symptoms were alleviated significantly better than with the usual histamine receptor antagonists. In a paper published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology the scientists explained how this plant extracts works and how effective it is. Antihistamine medications have long been considered the treatment of choice to alleviate the symptoms of hay fever sufferers. Dr. Adam Chaker and Prof. Dr. Carsten Schmidt-Weber on a recent study have demonstrated that the plant extract Ze 339 (Petasol butenoate complex) combats nasal mucosa swelling faster and more effectively.  The results look promising for improving the quality of life of people with allergies. So far the plant extract has only been approved as a drug in Switzerland and South Korea. Further studies need to be done in order to allow it to be sold as a prescription drug in other parts of the world.


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Posted on May 3, 2011, in Guest Post, Strange but True and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Johanna, This is an intresting article.
    It would be really nice to see a plant extract be able to work for allergies in the united states. I think it is neat how a plant can be used to alliveate allergies and also a therapy. I guess it would kind of work like an immunization by allowing the body to build immunity to the exposures during therapy so that the allergies wont be as harsh? Did it say anything really about the way it would work on the body?

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